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My local CUPS server is confused about the name of the printer I use. It has two names: hpext and hpext@vm-cups. I can never predict which one is going to work, and if I use the wrong one, jobs just sit in its queue indefinitely.

There are no printers listed in /etc/cupsd/cupsd.conf; instead I have the line

BrowsePoll cups.eecs.tufts.edu

This server lists only hpext and not hpext@vm-cups.
I'm thinking that somehow my local server is confused, and if I can delete the printer from its memory, all will be well. But nowhere in the documentation can I find a command to delete a printer, and the DELETE PRINTER button on the stupid web interface has no effect.

What can I do?

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did you take a look at lpadmin's man page?.. lpadmin helps you to manage cups' printers –  Luciano Facchinelli Aug 16 '11 at 20:59
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@Luciano: dammit, lpadmin -x was there the whole time. Please write an answer so I can upvote and accept. –  Norman Ramsey Aug 18 '11 at 2:09
    
Alright, done ! –  Luciano Facchinelli Aug 18 '11 at 15:25

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

lpadmin helps you to manage cups' printers

Try

man lpadmin

I believe what you need is

lpadmin -x
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@warren: good edits; thanks –  Norman Ramsey Aug 19 '11 at 5:00
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@warren: thanks –  Luciano Facchinelli Aug 19 '11 at 14:48

The other way around this would be to turn off automatic browsing of Network Printers and just add the one printer you want manually. I think the reason the Delete button "has no effect" is that CUPS is getting a broadcast/notification that a "new" printer is available on the network.

Addition: If you don't want to lose those printers you already have, add them to your local CUPS instead of relying on broadcast.

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I don't want to lose the color printer, the high-speed copier, etc. –  Norman Ramsey Aug 18 '11 at 2:09

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